It’s been a challenging year, especially considering the COVID-19 restrictions in the U.S. Americans are at least as eager as in past years, or even more, to get away for the Labor Day weekend. Parties, street parades, beaches, national parks—we have missed it all.
Labor Day weekend also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, so it might be the last chance you get to enjoy the outdoors due to the possibility of further lockdowns.
We know you are all bottled-up in your home and dying for a revenge trip, but don’t forget to be safe out there. And it’s not just the regular driving safety concerns this time; COVID is still lurking around.
Here are some labor day weekend safety tips that will keep you and your loved ones safe and sound:
TripIt from Concur data analysis showed bookings for domestic flights, car rentals, lodging and vacation rentals were at 53%, 75%, 62% and 46%, respectively, compared to Labor Day 2019.
Why? People are desperate to go out and enjoy the outdoors. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 390 fatalities and 44,400 serious injuries will take place on U.S. roadways during the Labor Day holidays.
- Plan ahead for the trip. Make sure all the important turns and exits are marked on your map. Use a map or GPS as it can save you from a lot of hassles.
- Never drink and drive, never! Buckle up and make sure your passengers do as well. Always keep the Silent Beacon personal safety device close to yourself during labor day celebrations.
- Leave a bit early to allow some unexpected delays in your trip. Avoid excessive speed at all costs.
- If you are elderly, make sure you have downloaded and installed our worker safety app and enabled all the necessary toggles.
- Inspect your vehicle’s readiness for long-distance travel. Check if the radiator and cooling system are working correctly. Make sure you have enough fuel for the trip. Learn more about your vehicle’s safety systems and how to use them.
- Keep a first-aid kit and backup food in your trunk.
- Watch for motorcycles if you are a car driver. If the vice versa is true, always keep the Silent Beacon device around your neck because you are alone and might get into a nasty situation.
COVID, COVID, and more COVID—this has been the story of the last two years. Labor Day is all about gatherings, grilling, and outdoors. The combination of crowds, alcohol, and parties requires us to have some labor day weekend safety tips up our sleeves.
- Clearly communicate COVID safe practice expectations to the attendees.
- Make sure everyone sits at an appropriate distance from one another. Keep hand sanitizers and disinfection products nearby.
- If it’s a big family gathering and you have relatives coming from different cities, try to keep the groups separated when eating and whenever possible. You can arrange the meetup in a backyard with enough space for multiple tables.
- If you are suffering from COVID and are left alone at home, keep the personal safety device nearby. Turn on all the alerts by setting up emergency contacts in the safety app.
- Ask all the attendees to get vaccinated. Take everyone’s individual risk into account
- Choose only low-risk activities like hiking or going to an uncrowded beach.
Who doesn’t love a good old swim? Especially when it’s the last weekend of summer. But it was tough for people to access swimming during the pandemic. Less swimming lessons means fewer life-saving skills and decreased vigilance. This is very true for children. Heatwave is also a major concern with swimming.
- Always check the weather forecast before jumping into a pool, lake, or ocean.
- Swimming skills are different for every environment. If you are at a beach, swim within the designated swimming area and ensure a lifeguard is present.
- Know your limitations. Don’t try to get into a fierce water current unless you are Aquaman.
- Never let children unattended during a swim. Make sure your child has the Silent Beacon safety device on them so if an emergency does arise, the child will be able to get in touch immediately.
- Try not to swim alone—tag a buddy along or have someone supervise you.
- Don’t dive headfirst as it can be harmful to the neck.
- Always wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF to protect your skin and reapply every two hours if you are swimming.
How to Stay Safe on Labor Day? This is what you should be wondering instead of all the ways you can have fun and go crazy.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids.
- Take extra care when grilling. Keep children and pets away from the grill.
- Make sure the elderly and the ones who prefer staying at home have their Silent Beacon personal safety devices up and running.
- When outdoors, be vigilant of mosquitoes, bees, wild animals, and other outdoor hazards.
- Personal safety should always be the top priority. Everything else can wait.
- Keep your nose, mouth and eyes covered in super crowded areas.
- Consume alcohol in moderation.
- Silent Beacon worker safety app should be properly configured with the device to avoid any inconveniences during a mishap.
Labor Day holiday is an excellent opportunity to go out and have fun. An escape from the 40-hour work week grind is all good, but safety should always be on your mind. Most accidents occur due to weak occupant protection and lack of vigilance. People forget the safety concerns and go all crazy during the Labor Day holiday.
Yes, some fun is good, but sticking to these Labor Day safety tips can save your life. Silent Beacon helps you stay safe during this time. It is a personal safety device with a wearable panic button that allows you to instantly call anyone, including 911, while simultaneously sending alerts and your real-time GPS location to your family and friends.